Three to receive Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award from CEW+


Three University of Michigan faculty members will receive the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change.

The award, which honors the former CEW+ director’s 20-year tenure at CEW+, will be presented at the virtual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium Kick-off Event on Sept. 10.

Each recipient will present a lightning talk about their work during the symposium, the theme of which is “Creating Change through Introspection, Dialogue, and Action.”

This year’s Inspire Award winners and the topics of their talks are:

Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish, associate professor of music education and acting associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will present “Dismantling Systemic Marginalization and Oppression in Arts Education.”

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Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish

Before coming to U-M in the fall of 2008, Fitzpatrick was assistant professor of music education and assistant director of bands at the University of Louisville. She is an active and prolific researcher, focusing on the experiences of those who have been historically marginalized in music education.

Her research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Southwestern Musician, the Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, in addition to numerous book chapters. Her book, “Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers,” was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press.

Rogério M. Pinto, professor and associate dean for research at the School of Social Work, is co-chair of the Faculty Allies for Diversity Committee. His talk is titled “Diversity Matters: How about Equity and Inclusion?”

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Rogério M. Pinto

 In his work, Pinto focuses on finding academic, sociopolitical and cultural venues for broadcasting voices of oppressed individuals and groups. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, his community-engaged research focuses on the impact of interprofessional collaboration on the delivery of evidence-based services to marginalized racial or ethnic and sexual minority individuals.

Funded by the U-M Office of Research, as a new scholarly pursuit, he is building an art installation, “The Realm of the Dead,” to investigate his own personal marginalization as a gender non-confirming, mixed-race, and Latinx immigrant.

Reshma Jagsi, Newman Family Professor and deputy chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Michigan Medicine, and director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, will present a talk titled “Promoting Gender Equity in the Professions: Insights from Academic Medicine.”

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Reshma Jagsi

An internationally recognized clinical trialist and health services researcher in the field of breast cancer, Jagsi has co-authored more than 300 publications. She has also devoted a substantial portion of her service to the institution and her scholarly effort to promoting gender equity in academic medicine.

She is a frequently invited lecturer, having delivered keynote or plenary talks at the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Association, and for dozens of other institutions and medical specialty organizations in the United States and abroad.

In addition to the talks at the symposium, each recipient will lead a 90-minute workshop once during the 2020-21 academic year as a component of the CEW+ Inspire Initiative, which focuses on wellness while creating social change.

In addition to the workshops led by the award recipients, Jamie Simmons and Leslie Tetteh, both master’s students in the School of Social Work, will lead a workshop with CEW+ called “Dismantling Neutrality.” Simmons and Tetteh are recipients of the first “Honorable Mention” associated with this award.

The intent of the workshops is to highlight the authentic journeys of social change leaders, spotlighting them as role models for others aspiring to work towards social change.

The CEW+ Advocacy Symposium runs from 2:30-5 p.m. Sept. 10. It is free and open to all activists, advocates and allies from all U-M campuses, and includes students, staff and faculty, as well as anyone interested in being an agent for positive social change. Registration is required.

The CEW+ Advocacy Symposium is organized in partnership with the Institute for Research on Women & Gender and the William L. Clements Library, with funding from CEW+’s Frances & Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

The learning opportunities throughout the yearlong symposium will supplement the Democracy and Debate Theme Semester coursework and activities.


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